Monday, October 25, 2010

October Loco

I love this month. Fall is my favorite season, although now it is more work than ever, I feel like we can never finish raking enough leaves. But it is still a great month despite the work that comes with it. I have been looking foward to doing many things with the boys for this month. Usually all the business does not come until the end of the month with all the Hallow's Eve festivities, but we decided to get a head start. At the begining of the months we decided that after an unprepared and small birthday celebration for Sammy that we would take him out to see Thomas. It was a great day for a train ride. It was a fun day out with Thomas for the boys and us. We will probably do this again next year and for many more years to come.
Later in the month we visited pumpking patch right around my house and the boys thought it was great to see all the different kinds of pumpkins. However their favorite part was pulling a little wagon around. We also had a great time at our ward's Trunk or Treat. This year was so much fun with the festivities. My boys loved wearing their costumes and the weather was perfect too.

The Start of a Crazy Fall

This September was a crazy one. I had to go to Laredo because we had an unexpected death in the family and I had to drop everything to go and be with my mom. Although the death of my uncle was so sudden and quite questionanble I was able to see several family members that I had not seen in over 10 years. It was a great reunion and quite nice to be able to see my cousins from Tampico. Even though we only saw each other for a few hours I truly enjoyed their company and will cherish that moment forever, because quite frankly with how things are in Mexico I highly doubt that I will ever see them again. Upon my return home we had Little Sam's Birthday. He is now 2 yers old. I came back home just in time to have nothing prepared for him so we had a very small celebration at my in-laws for the him and my nephew Bryce. He was so excited to have us sing to him happy birthday. He was thrilled with all the gifts he got. We have discovered that he is a big fan of Thomas the Engine Tank. He goes crazy with trains.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

My new model

So here he is my new model. He is sporting my first attempt at making a jean bib with a guitar applique. I learned that I should just iron on my applique then make an effort to edge stitch. Isn't he adorable? Got to love that kid.
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Monday, August 16, 2010

I am kinda back

It has been a while. Well, I have come to the conclusion that for everychild I carry the first trimester will get worse for me, hopefully I can get back in routine after next week. So far nausea is gone but heartburn prevails. I am just so glad for anti-acids, they are heavenly. Anyhow, enough about me and my sickness. After much thought and prayer I finally made a hard yet very important decision about Little B, I was hoping I could do an at the coop preschool again this year with him but I am just not feeling all that well and I don't know if I can handle more children in my house with this roller coaster pregnancy. So Little B will be goingto preschool. "Whimpering."I know he is going to love it, it will only be for two days, but it will be much time needed for me to have with Little S and for him to be away from me. We decided that a year of preschool will help him adjust well into kindergarten. So that is what is happening around here. Getting ready for school. Other than that I picked up sewing again. I couldn't wait any longer to post these little cute onesies I made for my sister-law who is having twins. I LOVE THEM.I think I am going to make some for the boys but not in onesies but on plain white t-shirts.
Happy Early Birthday Becky!!!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Singing in the Rain...

It rained this afternoon, and Little B wanted to take advantage of the weather and sport his raincoat and rainboots. Well not long after he got ready Sammy wanted to join in. Fortunately we have two sets of boots and two raincoats. It was fun to see them playing together. I was fortunate enough to snap a few pictures of the two getting ready to play in the rain.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

In Honor of the RED, WHITE, & BLUE

This is a replica of the latest discovery my mother-in-law found among all the new crafty blogs. Pretty neat. I really can't take much credit for this one, all I did was picked paper, cut it, and glued it. My mother-in-law welcomes the spirit of celebration by making such neat crafts. I love the Americana decor it is a great reminder of the blessings we have today.
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Wednesday, June 23, 2010


Ever since my sister bought me the cricut I have tried to make all my especial occasion cards by hand. This last Sunday I wasn't feeling so well but I managed to come up with this. This was for my father-in-law. I did one for my mom and my mother-in-law for mother's day but I still haven't taken any pictures of them.
A few months ago Little B was invited to a birthday party and I made this card for his friend. I thought the little monsters were cute because sometime little boys are a little monsters in their own little world.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Cake Balls

For those of you who are interested in making these delicious cake balls, here is the recipe I used.
1 (18.25 ounce) package chocolate cake mix
  • 1 (16 ounce) container prepared chocolate frosting
  • 1 package of chocolate bark (white)

Other material:
cookie sheets
wax paper
melon scooper

1. Prepare the cake mix according to package directions using any of the recommended pan sizes. ** Let the cake cool down for about 30 minutes.
2. Crumble cake into a large bowl, and stir in the frosting until well blended.
3. Use a melon baller or small scoop to form balls of the chocolate cake mixture. Place cake balls on a cookie sheet covered with wax paper. Freeze the balls for about an hour.
4. Melt chocolate bark in a glass bowl in the microwave, stirring occasionally until smooth. Dip the balls in chocolate using a toothpick or fork to hold them. Place on waxed paper to set.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Slightly older in some places but still young at heart...

This past Sunday I celebrated my 30th birthday!! I don't think I could have asked for a better birthday!! The best gifts I could get I got a long time ago. I have a wonderful, hardworking husband who absolutely adores me, I have two beautiful boys who are such a joy to have and who keep me on my toes, I married into a wonderful family who has always accepted me despite my inadequacies, I have a wonderful mother who loves me and who never ceases to surprise me and a great sister who never forgets about me no matter how far we are from each other. Did I mention that I have the coolest friends anyone could have? Could I really ask for anything more? I think not. I totally love my life and I am so grateful to be where I am in life and for the people who surround me. Recently I have done some deep thinking and I have had the opportunity to see family in a different light. (These epiphanies must come as we get older and wiser. I guess getting older is pretty cool and it certainly has its advantages too. ) I am truly blessed to have such wonderful people in my life who set great examples for me and my little family.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

A Work in Progress

Since we moved into this new home, I have been inspired to make this home a pleasant home to live in. I have come across a lot of ideas to decorate my home. I love looking at other people's blogs and getting ideas of what they use to get organized, and how they decorate their homes. I think it is very important to make our home a place where our children want to be at, so that no matter what is going around in their lives they always want to come home and find a place of comfort. I know this is to be true because my in-laws have made a wonderful home for their children (who are now in their 30's) and it has now extended to the in-laws (me and others) and the grandchildren. Grandma and Grandpa make their home a fun place to be at and I want my kids to feel the same way about our home. I don't think it takes a whole lot of money to make your home fun for your children. So here is what I did for Little B who loves maps. I am still working on decorating the rest of my home. I have found that when you have the right reasons for decorating your efforts are well rewarded.

Galveston Vacation

We love to go on little getaways as a family, but this year we had a couple of other priorities so it sort of set us back on a longer vacation. Initially, we had planned to go to Utah, preferably before the snow melted, but there is always next year. Instead we took a vacation closer to home, we went to Galveston. At Galveston we visited Moody Gardens. The boys absolutely loved the Aquarium Pyramid. It was amazing to see all those sea animals. Here are the boys enjoying a great view o a tiger shark.

We also went to the Rainforest Pyramid. Little B loved the birds in this pyramid.We also took a ride on an old paddle boat. We closed our day by going to a little private beach Moody Garden has. Not too shabby for a mini vacation

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Which sheep are closest to you?

A few Sundays ago I was asked to speak on charity and how it relates to tending the Lord's sheep. I wasn't given a whole lot of time to prepare for my talk, since I was called just the day prior, and though I did not have much time to prepare I feel like I pretty much touch covered the theme assigned. I rather think that I like it best to get assigned a talked just before you have to give it because it does not allow a whole lot of time to think of getting nervous and focus all my energy in preparing the talk. Anyhow, I shared to the congregation how I felt that charity is "above all attributes of godliness and perfection" the one that should be most desired. I also stressed that charity is "more than love, it is perfect love, the pure love of Christ which endureth forever, love so centered in righteousness that the possessor has no aim or desire except for the eternal welfare of his own soul and for those around him." When I read this last part in an excerpt from Elder Bruce R. McConkie, I thought of an experience I had a few years back when I was in college and I was struggling to return to the church, I remember meeting up with my bishop and talking to him and accepting me whole heartedly without any judgements nor criticism. My bishop then saw me as Heavenly Father sees me in terms of forever. And though I sold myself short and even considered myself damaged goods, my bishop just like our Father in Heaven didn't. Fortunately my bishop knew something I didn't and he always saw me as the glorious being I am capable of becoming. Now I no longer wonder why every time I spoke to him I felt edified. After I started to study this topic on charity as it relates to the Lord's shepherd's I thought that I have come across so many people in my life that are true possessors of charity and that I am extremely blessed to have them in my life. One of those people is my dear husband, when we met he saw far beyond what I thought I was capable of, he saw in me the person I never dreamed of becoming. Never in a million years did I ever think that I would love so much being at home to race my children, and though I am capable of doing so many other things such as HTML, or translating, there is no other pleasure I would rather have than to stay at home making our home a safe haven for our family and tending the Lord's sheep that are closest to me.

Customizing My Blog

I thought my blog needed a little facelift so I thought I would give a try again. I think the last time I tried to make my blog a three column blog it was about a year ago. Well, last night the storm kept me up so I figured I should so something while I was awake. So I figured I would play around with my blog. It seems now that there are so many place available to help customize our blogs. Of course I think our blogs layout and look will always be an evolving process, however, last night I felt like I computer professional geek. I finally managed to add a second sidebar and I changed the sidebar color, I customized my header (which needs a little more work), and I am working on adding a signature after each post. I learned so much in such little time I feel like my brain is overloaded, the nice thing about having this breakthrough is that I am no longer afraid to touch HTML.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Happy Blogging

I have been trying other blogging sites but I have yet to figure them out. I now have an account with typepad, but it is very limiting unless you want to fork out a whopping $15.00 buck a month to have a professional looking website. Then I thought I would try wordpress, but there are so many functions available there that I completely lost interest after the second time I tried to post something. I think blogger is definitely for me. It is user friendly, and it gets the job done. I just wished I was able to make my blog a three column page. I have tried converting my blog into a three column site but I have failed. I have come to the conclusion that it really isn't so much the look of the site that I should worry about as much as the content of the site. So I am officially back to happy blogging.

Small and Simple Things

This last Friday Brad and I celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary. That morning when I woke up it felt so surreal much like the morning after our wedding. I felt different I knew that that morning was the start of a my new journey with my husband. I had not felt this way in a long time. I remember waking up to a smell of newness and freshness, I felt it again on Friday, although that nostalgic smell vanished suddenly when I had to start making breakfast for the boys. It is incredible how much Brad and I have grown since we got married. At the beginning of our marriage I felt as if it was all a mystery not knowing what lied ahead of us, I think it was more a mystery for me than for him. I know Brad always knew what he wanted, and he still does. I strongly believe that his confidence in our marriage and family is what helped me align my desires with the Lord's will. This year we did not get a chance to do our romantic dinner because instead we got a lovely new front door to our house. My poor husband worked tirelessly all Friday afternoon trying to put this new 3/7 lite craftsman front door in our home. I figured that the new front door would be a wedding anniversary gift. But he had a little something up his sleeve. He snuck out to get a drink at the convenience store and he picked me up a lovely flower arrangement. As he handed me the flower arrangement he said, "Stupid door." I could sense his frustration, so I begged him to call his brother for a little help. After hours of working on the door, I decided that the least I could do to for him on our anniversary is stay up with him and clean up all that comes from replacing a door. I know that by the end of the day the last thing he wanted to be doing was to clean up. Although it was not much I felt that by serving him in this manner showed him how much I appreciate all he does for me and the boys. I realized it is these small and simple acts of kindness that makes our marriage stronger.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Clothespin Craft

Last night our ward had our Visiting Teaching Conference. I was very excited about giving the sisters a little reminder of visiting teaching. So I figured they needed something that they could us on their fridge with their visiting teaching rout, or on any other surface. This is what I came up with.

I bought a package of 36 clothespin from the Dollar Store, then I cut out a piece of scrapbook paper to fit the top of the pin then I embellished it with some buttons. I was very proud of my work. As it turns out I learned a few things about this project, first it is a good idea to sand down the clothespin first so that you can either sand down the edges of the scrapbook paper or outline the scrapbook paper with a small stamp after it has been modge podge on the pin. Add a strip magnet on the back of the pin, to secure the magnet it is best if it is glued on. And viola!! Now you have a visiting teaching route holder or a picture holder or a clip to hold together some papers.

Sunday, April 18, 2010


Today I realized that I lost my accordian coupon folder. I was so very excited about going to Hobby Lobby and using my 40 % coupon for some lights that I have been eyeing. Anyhow, I just realized that I must have misplaced it two days ago when I had been at Hobby Lobby getting some Shepherds sticks for my flower garden. I distinctly remember everything (well almost everything) I did that day. I was a bit disappointed that I couldn't use my coupon because the Shepherds sticks were on sale. I came home that evening not thinking about my coupon book. The following day I didn't get out much because Little B was very sick, so I knew the only place I had tried to use my coupons was at Hobby Lobby. I was at Hobby Lobby again today, and since I couldn't find my book in the car I figured it was home. Well, I searched high and low and nothing. It was a very hard blow to my heart, but alas I reluctantly accept the reality. So I wept a little and I said my fairwells, and I figured this was my chance to start a new book and a new chapter in my life and so I did. So here is what I did, I took all my mixed emotions and cleaned out my office. Check it out.

I don't like to loose things so when I do I feel like I have to clean up everything and organize myself, because I feel guilty. I just hope that whoever finds my coupon book that they take full advantage of it. I had Dave & Busters gift card, a Sushi Restaurant gift card, and $20.00 dollars, and a free car wash at Mr. Clean. I have convinced myself that I lost my book because whoever found it needed more than I did. But it wasn't a complete loss, I got a clean and organized office out of it.

I also cleaned and organized my bedroom a little bit.

Maybe my grief will last me every part of the house long.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Let It Rain

So those of you who keep up with me on FB already know about my latest home improvement at home, my rain gutters. Earlier in this year I purchased bunk beds for the boys. I figured Sammy will be growing out of his crib here real soon so we need to get him into a bed. If you know me you know how frugal I am and I was not about to buy a toddler bed for Sammy after all Brad moved in to a twin bed soon after his 18 month birthday. I clearly remember getting him a toddler Ikea bed which he absolutely hated so we moved him into our guest twin bed. I don't know why he did not like the toddler bed so I was not going to make the same mistake again and got Sammy into a twin bed right away. So far he is enjoying it a lot, and so is Bradley. I also added the rain gutter shelves I have always wanted for their room. I think the bunk beds were inspired by the rain gutter shelves.

Rain Gutter Shelves.

Sammy in his new bed!!(Bottom Bunk)

Bradley in the top bunk!! From the moment we got the beds he jump up there and sometimes we can't get him down!!

Playing Catch Up!!

So I am behind on my blog, somebody sue me. I wasn't sure how much longer I could keep this up. Anyhow, I can't afford it for too much longer. I guess this is what happens when you become solely reliant on Facebook to add all those quick messages and picture post. I told myself again and again I will not let FB take over my journaling but I guess I have failed and I have to accept defeat so here we go again, back on the blog spot. So what have we been up to in the last few months, let me put it this way, what have we not been up to? The high light of February was getting some snow!! Yes, we actually got some real snow flurries, and it was great. My children did not know what it was so they were more than excited, puzzled!!

I think that if we had not taken pictures I would have completely forgotten about this day.

Then the snow melted and we started T-ball spring season!!! Life has not been the same since then. Lots of practices and lots of games, but worth every minute of it.

February went by so quickly it was a great month and I had a chance to host our first preschool field trip. We went to the Round Rock Police Station, unfortunately I forgot my camera but I will get some on here soon.

Sunday, February 7, 2010


January is always a very busy month for us. We have lots to celebrate. We kicked it off with an awesome New Year's Eve. This was one of the better New Year's for us because Brad was not working and little B is starting to understand what a new years is. I usually try to make new year's resolutions but this year I got so busy that I forgot to even write a list or think of anything. This month Brad had a birthday and Little B did too. We had to wait to celebrate Brad's birthday because he wasn't feeling so good. As for Little B well he celebrated more than enough. We celebrated his birthday at Grandma's on his actual birthday and then he had a little birthday party at Jungle Java. The kids had a blast!!

The following week we celebrated Brad's birthday. He got more candy than anyone can imagine.

Candy Anyone?

This month we also had a chance to hear little B say his very first of many talks at church. His topic was on Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ Love me. He did great sharing his message to his Primary friends, we could not be more proud of him.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Faith Points to the Future

After all the hustle and bustle that comes from the holiday season and that I so hard try to avoid I finally had a chance to sit down and clear my mind for a minute or two. It was on the 26th of December when the boys were finally in bed at a decent hour and after I cleaned the kitchen that I decided that I should read our church magazine. I was very excited to start reading because it has been months since we had received this magazine. As I read about the new layout about the magazine I came across an article that was written by one of my favorite church leaders, Jeffrey R. Holland. The message is titled The Best is Yet to Be, I thought this message was very inspiring and fitting for the season, so I thought I would share. I hope you enjoy this message as much as I did.
Maggie Summers


The start of a new year is the traditional time to take stock of our lives and see where we are going, measured against the backdrop of where we have been. I don’t want to talk about New Year’s resolutions, but I do want to talk about the past and the future, with an eye toward any time of transition and change in our lives—and those moments come virtually every day.

As a scriptural theme for this discussion, I have chosen Luke 17:32, where the Savior cautions, “Remember Lot’s wife.” What did He mean by such an enigmatic little phrase? To find out, we need to do as He suggested. Let’s recall who Lot’s wife was.

The story, of course, comes to us out of the days of Sodom and Gomorrah, when the Lord, having had as much as He could stand of the worst that men and women could do, told Lot and his family to flee because those cities were about to be destroyed. “Escape for thy life,” the Lord said. “Look not behind thee … ; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed” (Genesis 19:17; emphasis added).

With less than immediate obedience and more than a little negotiation, Lot and his family ultimately did leave town but just in the nick of time. The scriptures tell us what happened at daybreak the morning following their escape:

“The Lord rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven;

“And he overthrew those cities” (Genesis 19:24–25).

My theme comes in the next verse. Surely, with the Lord’s counsel—“look not behind thee”—ringing clearly in her ears, Lot’s wife, the record says, “looked back,” and she was turned into a pillar of salt (see verse 26).

Just what did Lot’s wife do that was so wrong? As a student of history, I have thought about that and offer a partial answer. Apparently, what was wrong with Lot’s wife was that she wasn’t just looking back; in her heart she wanted to go back. It would appear that even before she was past the city limits, she was already missing what Sodom and Gomorrah had offered her. As Elder Neal A. Maxwell (1926–2004) of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles once said, such people know they should have their primary residence in Zion, but they still hope to keep a summer cottage in Babylon.1

It is possible that Lot’s wife looked back with resentment toward the Lord for what He was asking her to leave behind. We certainly know that Laman and Lemuel were resentful when Lehi and his family were commanded to leave Jerusalem. So it isn’t just that she looked back; she looked back longingly. In short, her attachment to the past outweighed her confidence in the future. That, apparently, was at least part of her sin.

Faith Points to the Future

As a new year begins and we try to benefit from a proper view of what has gone before, I plead with you not to dwell on days now gone nor to yearn vainly for yesterdays, however good those yesterdays may have been. The past is to be learned from but not lived in. We look back to claim the embers from glowing experiences but not the ashes. And when we have learned what we need to learn and have brought with us the best that we have experienced, then we look ahead and remember that faith is always pointed toward the future. Faith always has to do with blessings and truths and events that will yet be efficacious in our lives.

So a more theological way to talk about Lot’s wife is to say that she did not have faith. She doubted the Lord’s ability to give her something better than she already had. Apparently, she thought that nothing that lay ahead could possibly be as good as what she was leaving behind.

To yearn to go back to a world that cannot be lived in now, to be perennially dissatisfied with present circumstances and have only dismal views of the future, and to miss the here and now and tomorrow because we are so trapped in the there and then and yesterday are some of the sins of Lot’s wife.

After the Apostle Paul reviewed the privileged and rewarding life of his early years—his birthright, education, and standing in the Jewish community—he says to the Philippians that all of that was “dung” compared to his conversion to Christianity. He says, and I paraphrase, “I have stopped rhapsodizing about ‘the good old days’ and now eagerly look toward the future ‘that I may apprehend that for which Christ apprehended me’” (see Philippians 3:7–12). Then come these verses:

“This one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,

“I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13–14).

No Lot’s wife here. No looking back at Sodom and Gomorrah here. Paul knows it is out there in the future, up ahead wherever heaven is taking us, that we will win “the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”

Forgive and Forget

There is something in many of us that particularly fails to forgive and forget earlier mistakes in life—either our mistakes or the mistakes of others. It is not good. It is not Christian. It stands in terrible opposition to the grandeur and majesty of the Atonement of Christ. To be tied to earlier mistakes is the worst kind of wallowing in the past from which we are called to cease and desist.

I was told once of a young man who for many years was more or less the brunt of every joke in his school. He had some disadvantages, and it was easy for his peers to tease him. Later in his life he moved away. He eventually joined the army and had some successful experiences there in getting an education and generally stepping away from his past. Above all, as many in the military do, he discovered the beauty and majesty of the Church and became active and happy in it.

Then, after several years, he returned to the town of his youth. Most of his generation had moved on but not all. Apparently, when he returned quite successful and quite reborn, the same old mind-set that had existed before was still there, waiting for his return. To the people in his hometown, he was still just old “so-and-so”—you remember the guy who had the problem, the idiosyncrasy, the quirky nature, and did such and such. And wasn’t it all just hilarious?

Little by little this man’s Pauline effort to leave that which was behind and grasp the prize that God had laid before him was gradually diminished until he died about the way he had lived in his youth. He came full circle: again inactive and unhappy and the brunt of a new generation of jokes. Yet he had had that one bright, beautiful midlife moment when he had been able to rise above his past and truly see who he was and what he could become. Too bad, too sad that he was again to be surrounded by a whole batch of Lot’s wives, those who thought his past was more interesting than his future. They managed to rip out of his grasp that for which Christ had grasped him. And he died sad, though through little fault of his own.

That also happens in marriages and other relationships. I can’t tell you the number of couples I have counseled who, when they are deeply hurt or even just deeply stressed, reach farther and farther into the past to find yet a bigger brick to throw through the window “pain” of their marriage. When something is over and done with, when it has been repented of as fully as it can be repented of, when life has moved on as it should and a lot of other wonderfully good things have happened since then, it is not right to go back and open some ancient wound that the Son of God Himself died to heal.

Let people repent. Let people grow. Believe that people can change and improve. Is that faith? Yes! Is that hope? Yes! Is that charity? Yes! Above all, it is charity, the pure love of Christ. If something is buried in the past, leave it buried. Don’t keep going back with your little sand pail and beach shovel to dig it up, wave it around, and then throw it at someone, saying, “Hey! Do you remember this?” Splat!

Well, guess what? That is probably going to result in some ugly morsel being dug up out of your landfill with the reply, “Yeah, I remember it. Do you remember this?” Splat.

And soon enough everyone comes out of that exchange dirty and muddy and unhappy and hurt, when what our Father in Heaven pleads for is cleanliness and kindness and happiness and healing.

Such dwelling on past lives, including past mistakes, is just not right! It is not the gospel of Jesus Christ. In some ways it is worse than Lot’s wife because at least she destroyed only herself. In cases of marriage and family, wards and branches, apartments and neighborhoods, we can end up destroying so many others.

Perhaps at this beginning of a new year there is no greater requirement for us than to do as the Lord Himself said He does: “He who has repented of his sins, the same is forgiven, and I, the Lord, remember them no more” (D&C 58:42).

The proviso, of course, is that repentance has to be sincere, but when it is and when honest effort is being made to progress, we are guilty of the greater sin if we keep remembering and recalling and rebashing someone with his or her earlier mistakes—and that someone might be ourselves. We can be so hard on ourselves—often much more so than on others!

Now, like the Anti-Nephi-Lehies of the Book of Mormon, bury your weapons of war and leave them buried (see Alma 24). Forgive and do that which is sometimes harder than to forgive: forget. And when it comes to mind again, forget it again.

The Best Is Yet to Be

You can remember just enough to avoid repeating the mistake, but then put the rest of it all on the dung heap Paul spoke of to the Philippians. Dismiss the destructive, and keep dismissing it until the beauty of the Atonement of Christ has revealed to you your bright future and the bright future of your family, your friends, and your neighbors. God doesn’t care nearly as much about where you have been as He does about where you are and, with His help, where you are willing to go. That is the thing Lot’s wife didn’t get—and neither did Laman and Lemuel and a host of others in the scriptures.

This is an important matter to consider at the start of a new year—and every day ought to be the start of a new year and a new life. Such is the wonder of faith, repentance, and the miracle of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

The poet Robert Browning wrote:

Grow old along with me!
The best is yet to be,
The last of life, for which the first was made:
Our times are in his hand
Who saith, “A whole I planned,
Youth shows but half; trust God: see all, nor be afraid!”

Some of you may wonder: Is there any future for me? What does a new year or a new semester, a new major or a new romance, a new job or a new home hold for me? Will I be safe? Will life be sound? Can I trust in the Lord and in the future? Or would it be better to look back, to go back, to stay in the past?

To all such of every generation, I call out, “Remember Lot’s wife.” Faith is for the future. Faith builds on the past but never longs to stay there. Faith trusts that God has great things in store for each of us and that Christ truly is the “high priest of good things to come” (Hebrews 9:11).

Keep your eyes on your dreams, however distant and far away. Live to see the miracles of repentance and forgiveness, of trust and divine love that will transform your life today, tomorrow, and forever. That is a New Year’s resolution I ask you to keep.